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Review: All-New X-Men 22.Now

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Stuart Immonen

ImageThis issue marks part one of the six part All-New X-Men/Guardians of the Galaxy cross-over The Trial of Jean Grey. I fell off of All-New X-Men and Guardians mid last year once I realized that after ten years Bendis and I should take a break and see other people.

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Bendis is an incredibly skilled and talented writer. I still think he blew his great plot ideas after Secret Invasion, but even then he is undoubtedly one of the greatest dialogue writers in comic books today. I even enjoyed Age of Ultron with its lack of Ultron due to the interesting character interactions of Logan and Sue Storm. With all of that, Bendis still has that touch. Half this issue is basically Jean and Scott fighting and although nothing really happens, like a Kevin Smith movie, you can’t help but enjoy what he puts the characters through. I think the break from Bendis has made me appreciate his amazing skill in dialogue. And that doesn’t say anything negative about the plot and what he is building. I am honestly interested in where this is going and seeing GotG and the X-Men interact in future issues (nothing really happens until the final page in this issue).

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Immonen is an incredibly skilled artist and is amazing when he works with Bendis. He has a great talent at both subtle facial expressions and superheroic action. He is one of the bigger guns at Marvel and I honestly would love to see more of his work on indie books in the future. He has a defined style that is only his and can only be poorly mimicked. He does a stellar job in this issue. At points, some of his work in this issue is very reminiscent of Walter Simonson’s work on early X-Factor issues which is not a negative statement at all.

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I highly recommend this book even though I assume most of you are picking it up anyway. Bendis and Immonen show they still have great things to give us as comic fans even after ten strong years. If I could give one complaint, which this is often my complaint about Marvel Comics any longer, it is annoying to pay $4 for only seventeen pages of story. Luckily, these seventeen pages are extremely strong.

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Rating 4.5 out of 5

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Uncanny X-Men #9

Uncanny X-Men #9

Uncanny X-Men #9

Let’s discuss Brian Michael Bendis on Uncanny X-Men for a second.

I’ve heard some rumbles and grumbles about this book and how it’s not as good as All-New X-Men.  But…guys…It’s for a totally different audience!

Go back with me–take a step back.  Imagine you’re in your easy chair.  Imagine you’re reading about your favorite characters.  Now imagine you realize that you’ve been reading the same story for about 10 years now!

You open your eyes just that tad bit wider and you say, “My goodness!  I mean, I love these characters as much as the next guy, but COME ON!  When will this story end?”

If that’s you, then I bet you are enjoying the heck out of All-New X-Men.  “Wow, what a breath of fresh air.  What is Mystique up to?  Do you think this story thread will carry over to the next arc?”  What Bendis did for the Avengers titles, he is now doing to a favorite mutant near you!

But let’s assume for a minute that you don’t share these feelings.  That the above description doesn’t fit you to a tee.  You have more of the opinion that, doggone it, you’ve been reading about Scott and Emma for 10 years now and we are FINALLY seeing him become the leader he should have been all along.  FINALLY this character is interesting.  FINALLY he is stepping into the new Magneto role.

If this is more your style, more your way of doing things, then Uncanny X-Men is for you!  If you love being steeped in current continuity and seeing how Bendis plays out all his predecessor’s hints and clues (Brubaker, Fraction, Gillen, Aaron), then this book is one of the most exciting books on the shelf right now for you!

If you are not an X-Men guy or gal, but you liked what Bendis has done with the Avengers…give it a chance!  If you are a All-New classic team fan, keep tabs on Cyke’s Uncanny team.  The possibilities are endless of what Marvel will let Bendis do!

Pick up the digital codes to the back issues on at Comic Codes and get caught up today!

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